Curbing inter-security forces violent clashes

Last week, a soldier and three anti-riot policemen reportedly died during a shootout between members of the two security forces. Several others on both sides received gunshot wounds in the encounter that took place in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital. Some of the critically injured were said to be battling for life at the General Sani Abacha Hospital in Damaturu. Several civilians were hit by stray bullets in the clash which lasted over an hour. Residents said it was not the first the two had been engaged in clashes. According…

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Chibok girls, the mirror in our faces

As we remember the girls captured in Chibok three years ago, we must remember that they constitute only a fraction of the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency. I would urge Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), while you keep this issue of Chibok on the table, to broaden your message to cover all girls and boys abducted by Boko Haram, and also draw attention to the condition of girls and women in our society in general. To give you an idea of the extent of this problem, as at today,…

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Dino Melaye survives gunmen attack

Senator Dino Melaye, escaped death by the whiskers as gunmen invaded his house in the early hours of Saturday at Ayetoro- Gbede in Kogi State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the gunmen, numbering about 10, arrived the house at about midnight through the bush and opened fire from different directions on the house. The house was riddled with bullets while two of the vehicles parked in the compound were damaged by the hoodlums. It was disclosed that Melaye (APC-Kogi West) was in his country home at Ayetoro-…

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Dino Melaye escapes death as gunmen fire over 200 bullets into his house

Senator Dino Melaye escaped death by the whiskers as gunmen invaded his house in the early hours of Saturday at Ayetoro-Gbede in Kogi State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that the gunmen, numbering about 10, arrived the house at about midnight through the bush and opened fire from different directions on the house. The house was riddled with bullets while two of the vehicles parked in the estate were damaged by the hoodlums. Melaye (APC-Kogi West) was in his country home at Ayetoro-Gbede in Ijumu Local Government Area…

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KIDNAPPING: ‘Big business’ that took over from armed robbery

Kidnapping began some years back with the agitation in the Niger Delta region for resource control. Overtime it assumed an alarming dimension with schools becoming targets and pupils taken away for ransom. In this report, ISIOMA MADIKE, looks at this disturbing menace that has seen many Nigerians lose millions to abductors   Ikorodu, the aquatic neighbourhood in the ‘centre of excellence’, has been in the news lately, though for the wrong reasons. It is gradually but steadily becoming kidnappers’ den. But, before this new dimension to criminality, armed robbers had…

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Sanusi: We created room for Boko Haram, Chibok tragedy

•‘My father could dump throne if…’ •Buhari has failed abducted girls, Nigeria –BBOG   Emir of Kano, His Highness Muhammad Sanusi (II) has tasked the political elite and religious leaders in northern Nigeria to take responsibility for the menace of Boko Haram and the accompanying tragedy of the abduction of the Chibok girls. He noted that these incidents were made possible by the kind of society created over the years by the people of the region. Sanusi’s remarks came at a ceremony to mark the three years anniversary of the…

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Robbers storm company, tie up sleeping policemen, guards

Two policemen, a sergeant and an inspector, have been detained for sleeping on duty and losing their rifles to armed robbers. The two policemen, who were attached to a biscuit company at Apapa Wharf, Lagos were attacked at the company’s premise, while sleeping. The robbers, after beating the policemen black and blue, left with their service rifles. The attack on the company was the second. The robbers, who attacked the policemen with an iron rod, also beat up the company’s private security guards and driver. The incident happened on March…

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